THE ASUS TRANSFORMER PAD INFINITY builds on the premium legacy set by its predecessor, the Transformer Pad Prime. But, retailing for an extra £100 on top of the Prime's already premium £500 price tag, is it really worth the extra dosh?
Design and build
To a casual observer the Prime and Infinity must look very similar indeed, both featuring dockable keyboard attachments, a brushed metal finish and almost identical 10.1in displays.
Visually, the only factors separating the Infinity from the Prime are its slightly darker casing and very slight weight and thickness increases. The Prime weighs 586g and is 8.3mm thick while the Infinity is 598g and 8.5mm thick. This means that the Infinity does feel slightly heavier in the hand, but not so much so that it feels cumbersome compared to the Prime.
The two tablets both have detachable docks that as well as helping boost battery life, contain full keyboards and touchpads. The two docks are close to identical, both measuring 263x180x10.4mm and weighing 537g.
The fact that Asus hasn't chosen to radically change its design for the Infinity is unsurprising, as the two hybrid tablets both look and feel quite well built.
As well as giving the tablets a suitably high end character, the metal casing of both devices is there for more than pure visual allure, as we found during testing that it makes them tough as nails and more than capable of dealing with the odd bumps and scrapes.
They're pretty much identical design-wise.
The Prime features a 10.1in Super IPS+ display with 1280x800 resolution, while the Infinity has a 10.1in Full HD 1080p 1920x1200 Super IPS+ screen that boasts 224ppi (pixels per inch).
Comparing the two, we found that the Infinity's screen really did feel like a step up, coming close to matching the stunning Retina display featured on Apple's new Ipad.
With the same Super IPS+ technology that let the Prime overshadow the Ipad 2 in January, the Infinity's display performance impressed us. We found that its high brightness levels allowed it to work surprisingly well outdoors, even in bright sunshine.
The screen viewing angles are also impressive. When set at full brightness with IPS+ switched on, we'd rank it as one of the best screens currently on the market.
Winner: The Infinity
The screen is the best we've seen on any Android tablet.
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